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donbagwell
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T61 display fades to solid grey

I have a T61 and the 15.4" display changes to a solid grey color about 5 seconds after the display is restarted.  Cannot see anything but grey on the display after this, so it is unusable.  Closing and opening the laptop will cycle this again.  An external display works fine.  PC Doctor reports no errors and the display driver has been updated.

 

Any ideas on if this is a display, adaptor, or other concern?

 

Thanks for any help.

TuuS
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Re: T61 display fades to solid grey

I haven't seen this exact problem, but swapping a known good display will tell you where the problem is. What screen does your unit have?

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donbagwell
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Re: T61 display fades to solid grey

The display is 1680 x 1050 resolution. I should probably have mentioned that before the screen goes grey the display looks normal except for a few horizontal lines. It's almost as if the display gets "saturated" as it goes grey
TuuS
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Re: T61 display fades to solid grey

the "lines" sound like it could be a graphics processor, a common problem if you have nVidia graphics, but this usually presents on external monitors as well.

 

You might have a bad inverter, but I wouldn't be to quick to rule out a possible system board problem. If you had a known good system you could borrow the lid from, it would quickly tell you if the problem is in the systemboard, or the lid. 

ThinkPad W-510 i7-820QM(1.73-3.06GHz) Quad Core... ThinkPad T500, T9900, 8gb SSD...FrankNpad T-60p/61p (X9000 2.8ghz) 8gb SSD ips FlexView...ThinkPad T-61p (T9300 2.5ghz) 8gb ram...Thinkpad X-61 Tablet 8gb ram.
donbagwell
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Re: T61 display fades to solid grey

My daughter has a t61 I could borrow the "lid" from but am a little concerned about the chance of causing a problem in her computer, she is in college and needs it daily.  Is the lid swap easy?

 

Thanks!

TuuS
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Re: T61 display fades to solid grey

If they are the same class machine, the swap will work. It's pretty easy to do as long as you don't mind tiny screws. 

 

4 screws to remove palmrest

1 screw keyboard

8 screws upper keyboard bezel

2screws left speaker

4 screws lid

 

Unplug LCD cable and 2or3 antenna leads and you can swap screens, confirm it works and reassemble her laptop.

 

If you both have 15.4" widescreen (for example), they are interchagable. A 14.1 screen won't fit a 15.4 frame. If her schooling depends on the laptop, you might think about buying a spare. They are pretty cheap now.

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Re: T61 display fades to solid grey

I would need to see it, but it may be that the contact tape that connects to the row or column drivers (depending on whether they are vertical or horizontal lines) are making poor connection

Rich


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